Caffeine for Citrix Receiver! by Andrew Morgan

Andrew Morgan has created yet another cool tool from his “pen” and launched it :).

Often when using the XenApp, XenDesktop or even Citrix VDI in a Box, double prompting for passwords from windows devices is both common and a pain in the backside.  When you’re local workstation locks out you need to re input your workstation password, then re input your password again in the remote session… irritating and unnecessary.

From a security perspective its necessary to configure a secure screensaver on their desktop in the datacenter to ensure any connecting device receives a password prompt when the user is idle a certain amount of time, but it can be a management nightmare to exclude users from receiving double password prompts from managed windows devices.

You can read more about this great tool and download it from his website here.

New XDPing tool

Citrix has released a new version of the XDPing tool for XenDesktop.

The XDPing tool is a command-line based application which automates the process of checking for the causes of common configuration issues in a XenDesktop environment. The tool can be used to verify configuration settings on both the XenDesktop Broker and VDA machines, both from the console and remotely.

Depending on how the tool is run, and from where, the following checks and information can be displayed:

  • Information and status of Network Interfaces and Network settings. (Console Only)
  • Performs DNS lookup and reverse lookup on the IP address of the device.
  • Information on Time synchronization and time check for Kerberos Authentication (Console Only)
  • User information for login User (Console Only) Including User details, Authentication type used, Group Membership.
  • Machine information (Console Only) Environment information (Computer Name, operating system version, Domain) Domain membership verification (Membership = Verified, SID:S-X-X-XX-XXXXXXXXXX-XXXXXXXXXX-XXXXXXXXXX-XXXXX [OK])
  • Information on XenDesktop Services (Windows Communication Foundation Endpoints) installed and confirms if each installed service is responsive. (Console Only)
  • Displays information on the Windows Firewall installed on the VDA and checks if the important ports are configured correctly.
  • Queries the local event log to check for known events that are related to XenDekstop.
  • Provides client bandwidth and response time information from the VDA to the client.

New in 2.1.1 release:

  • Fix for crash when running under VDA 5.5 upwards.

You can download this tool from here.

Citrix tool: VolatilePool Enabler

When the stack of a process is overrun by a second process, analysis of the dump is not possible because the crash occurs when the original process writes to kernel space occupied by a second process.

Special pool tagging causes the offending driver to crash as soon as it tries to write to the kernel space, before overwriting the space, and enables the debugger to analyze the crash.

VolatilePool is a debugging tool that enables the special pool flag for all drivers on the system without the need to restart the machine. This is useful, especially on provisioned machines that otherwise require the administrator to create a new image for the registry changes to persist.

Prerequisites

VolatilePool can run on any Microsoft Windows computer that is Windows Vista or later.

It must be run as a user with Administrative privileges for all features to be functional.

Continue reading “Citrix tool: VolatilePool Enabler”

Citrix Quick Launch

Frederic Serrière has written a cool (but UNSUPPORTED tool).

Have you ever heard or used Citrix Quick Launch ? If not, download it from our Knowledge Center and test it  http://support.citrix.com/article/CTX122536

It is very important to note that Citrix Quick Launch isn’t supported by Citrix Technical Support, so you use it at your own risk. Nevertheless, a lot of administrators enjoy the tool as a quick way to connect using ICA/HDX to their XenApp environment.

It is also important to understand that Citrix Quick Launch isn’t a replacement for the Citrix ICA client, Online Plug-in or Receiver. It can’t work without it (while it is compatible with all version released in the past 5 years). Also, it was never developed nor published with end users in mind : it is not a supported product and therefore is only intended for test environments and administrators!

So, now you have downloaded it and failed to run it.. Why?  this version is (shame on me, i know..) written in a very old Visual Basic and has dependencies over TABCTL32.OCX which isn’t provided by Microsoft in the recent Windows versions. Since it isn’t a Citrix file, you have to look for it on the web, don’t worry there are many sites where you can get it. Continue reading “Citrix Quick Launch”

XenApp 6.0 to 6.5 Upgrade Utility

Description

XenApp 6.5 does not provide a binary upgrade path from XenApp 6.0. For some environments, the ability to create a new virtual machine image or clean installation XenApp 6.5 servers might not be possible.

The script performs what normally would be a long process of manually uninstalling XenApp 6.0 components in a select order, then installing XenApp 6.5. The following steps are performed:

  • Checks to see if XenApp 6.0 is installed or not, and if the XenApp 6.5 installer is available.
  • Prompts for a password to silently run the install process after reboot.
    Note
    : This is not stored by the script but is stored by the operating system in the Task Scheduler.

Continue reading “XenApp 6.0 to 6.5 Upgrade Utility”

How to Enable Full Page Heap for the IMA Service

Summary

The IMA Service sometimes becomes unresponsive or crashes because of a heap corruption.

Background

Heap corruption results from application coding mistakes or corrupt external data.

Although various hotfixes exist, it is not always possible to identify which module (Citrix or non-Citrix) is responsible for heap corruption because the effects of heap corruption usually reveal themselves over time. Continue reading “How to Enable Full Page Heap for the IMA Service”

File Server Capacity Tool v1.2- (64 bit)

Hi guys,

While surfing the net I found a nice tool that I didn’t want to keep from you. It is called File Server Capacity Tool v1.2- (64 bit). You can download it here and a description is found below.

Description:
File server capacity planning and performance troubleshooting are critical aspects of high-level network administration. File server capacity planning tools can be valuable in choosing new hardware for purchase, identifying the capacity of existing hardware, locating existing bottlenecks, Continue reading “File Server Capacity Tool v1.2- (64 bit)”

ForeFront Endpoint Protection – Manage your FPE client with GPO

If you are planning or have already deployed ForeFront Endpoint Protection, this may interest you.

As you know FPE is designed to be managed throught System Center Configuration Manager BUT… you may not have SCCM deployed or need more granularity. Continue reading “ForeFront Endpoint Protection – Manage your FPE client with GPO”

HyperV_Mon updated release

HyperV_Mon is a free tool for monitoring and diagnosing performance issues with Hyper-V.

After prompting from a user with a lot more processors then the test systems here, I updated the HyperV_Mon tool to handle resizing in general, and to adjust the root partition processor display.  This new version is a minor release (1.8.0).

In the works will be a version 2.0 that will look at 2008 R2 with SP1 changes.  This should come out in Q1 of next year.

Click on the image to jump to the tools section of the TMurgent website Continue reading “HyperV_Mon updated release”